Last weekend I attended Education Nation, and let me tell you – it delivered. Not only was I surrounded with the best teachers in the country, but also an education star-studded cast that included Charlotte Danielson, evaluation guru, and Sue Pimentel, the mother of the Common Core (by the way, she loved my red heels.. a lady after my own heart!). Education Nation inspired me, solidified my conviction that the Core is the best thing for students, and helped me to realize the only people who will change education in this country are the teachers. To help make that happen, I learned about some amazing free tools to help teachers align their practice to the Core. Check out the resources below and watch your students soar!
https://www.noredink.com/ is an amazing resource that will allow teachers to create classroom logins so students can get unlimited help with writing and specific grammar skills. Modules are based on student interest and you can track growth throughout the year.
http://commoncore.americaachieves.org/ Register as a new user and you can view videos of master teachers teaching the Core, download editable lesson plans that are Common Core aligned, and view lists of reputable web sites that will help you align your practice to the Core.
http://www.sharemylesson.com/ There are close to 300,000 lessons on this site, and many are exemplar lessons for the Common Core.
http://udlexchange.cast.org/home This site has hundreds of lessons that are both Common Core aligned and designed using the principles of Universal Design for Learning, which allows all students to access rigorous curriculum.
www.teachingchannel.org If you’re not in the network already, you’ll want to join. Here you can watch short videos of master teachers doing what they do best. You’ll get awesome ideas for your own classroom. There is also a Q & A feature where you can ask specific questions about the Core and get them answered by experts.
For more ideas on how to implement the Common Core, pick up a copy of my book, UDL Now! to learn about implementing Common Core Standards using Universal Design for Learning. If you buy in bulk, you can receive a big discount. Learn more about it here.